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Soapbox Derby at iconic bridge

The Humber BridgeThe Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby takes place this Saturday in the car park of the iconic Humber Bridge at Hessle in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The event is run each year by Hull 4 Heroes, which helps armed forces veterans, with the support of Hessle Town Council. Amateur teams will be riding their innovatively and artistically engineered soapboxes down a testing track to thrill spectators.

The event gets under way at 10am at the car park near the Humber Bridge. A park and ride bus service will run to the event from the Priory car park just off Priory Way at Hessle.

The Humber Bridge was the world's longest single-span suspension bridge from 1981 to 1998 but is now the twelfth longest, although it remains the longest that can be crossed on foot or by cycle.

More information about the Soapbox Derby can be found at the  Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby website.

Food and drink in Ilkley

IlkleyIlkley Food and Drink Festival is a relative newcomer to the calendar of food and drink events which take place across many Yorkshire towns through the Spring and Summer but is now in its fifth year.

The festival is back this Saturday and Sunday (June 15-16) with the ticketed Riverside Feast taking place at the East Holmes Field beside the River Wharfe.

The event promises chef demonstrations, about a dozen live music acts, a fun fair, art displays and, of course, plenty of food and drink.

Find out more at the  Ilkley Food and Drink Festival website.


York festival aims to stimulate ideas

A guided walk will highlight York's bid to be a World Heritage SiteA multimedia art exhibition is presented at King's Manor throughout the festivalPre-booked tours of the Fishergate Postern Tower are taking place during the festivalWhile it is difficult to be short of ideas of things to do when visiting York, the city presents a two-week Festival of Ideas each year with the aim of stimulating its audiences into thinking on global ideas and innovation.

Led by the University of York, the festival presents at various venues around the city an eclectic mix of speakers, exhibitions, theatre, films and music, guided walks and family activities aiming to educate, entertain and inspire.

The festival has more than 250 events, which started on Saturday June 1 and continue until Friday June 14. It is presented this year with "The Power Of ..." as its theme.

Full details can be found at the  York Festival of Ideas website.


Bus station in Bradford now closed until September

No buses are currently running from Bradford InterchangeBradford Interchange bus station will now remain closed until September, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has announced.

The bus station was closed on Friday January 5 because of damage of falling concrete said to be linked to bad weather. Surveys found drainage with widespread water leak issues and corrosion to steelwork.

The adjoining railway station was not affected and now the authority and Bradford Council has announced plans to enhance the railway station at Bradford Interchange while a longer-term solution for the bus station is found which will involve further surveys to see if it can ever be safely reopened.

Public consultation took place in August 2023 on a scheme of railway station access improvements for Bradford Interchange involving a new access route from Hall Ings and changes to the station lower concourse.

1,200 buses a day normally ran into the adjoining bus station which was built in the 1970s and is said by the authority to be at the end of a 50-year lifespan.

Buses are now being run from around 45 stops on various streets in the city and officers of the Combined Authority and Bradford Council have been looking at possible locations for a temporary bus station should the Interchange bus station not be able to reopen by Bradford's year as UK City of Culture in 2025.

Details of bus stop changes can be found at this page at the  Metro website.


New constituencies lined up for July 4 General Election

A General Election has been called for Thursday July 4 and many people across the country will find they are voting in new parliamentary constituencies.

There are plans for new constituency boundaries in around 90% of the 650 parliamentary seats across the UK and nearly every constituency in Yorkshire has changes.

Of the 60 constituencies we cover (including a few straddling the boundaries of historic Yorkshire) only three constituencies are unchanged from the last election — Bradford West, Scarborough & Whitby and Oldham East & Saddleworth.

There is a very minor boundary revision in Penistone & Stocksbridge, where it is a group of trees rather than voters moving constituency, while Keighley constituency changes its name to Keighley and Ilkley, mostly keeping its existing boundaries but with the small addition of a country pub near Oxenhope.

There are a further 32 constituencies continuing with their existing names but with some voters being moved to other constituencies or being brought in from other areas. And 23 constituencies will be completely new ones with new names and voters gathered from a number of existing constituencies.

A list of the new constituencies can be found in the table.

Find the May 2 local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections results on our Local elections 2024 results page.

70th anniversary year for Yorkshire's newest National Park

The newest of Yorkshire's three National Parks celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park began its life on 16 November 1954, after a public inquiry in May that year, to become Britain's eighth National Park.

The park's original 684 square miles were originally within the boundaries of historic Yorkshire's West and North Ridings, but after those boundaries had themselves been frayed by Government changes, the park boundaries were also extended in 2016 from following the old county boundary to include areas of Lancashire and what was then Cumbria, now Westmorland and Furness. The National Park now stretches across 841 square miles.

Among the natural attractions to discover in the Yorkshire Dales are Yorkshire's mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. We celebrate some of these in our latest selection of pictures on our Pictures page.

 Yorkshire Dales    Pictures   

Brighter days ahead at the Yorkshire seaside

North Bay, ScarboroughBridlingtonSummer arrived on June 1 and where better to plan some family time than at the Yorkshire seaside.

The resorts on Yorkshire's coast boast four international Blue Flag beaches, a dozen places with Seaside Awards and a village which was judged to have Britain's Best Beach in 2020.

And with some vast stretches of beaches, seaside villages and coastal paths there is plenty of space to be enjoyed away from the main town centres.

Find out more on our Seaside page.


Yorkshire mixture

Here are links to a few favourite pages at Yorkshire.guide:

Cities Largest towns and cities Population Gazetteer Abbeys Castles Film locations Heritage Coast Heritage railways Highest mountains Historic Houses North Pennines North York Moors Museums Peak District Racecourses Seaside York Yorkshire Dales Yorkshire football Railway stations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

Yorkshire news topics


Local elections 2024: Yorkshire-wide results from mayoral, council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Bus franchise plan: Major changes in West Yorkshire from 2027

RNLI 200: Anniversary celebration for coastal lifesavers.

News archive 2023: News from 2023.

News archive 2022: News from 2022.

News archive 2021: News from 2021.

News archive 2020: News from 2020.

News archive 2019: News from 2019.

News archive 2018: News from 2018.

News archive 2017: News from 2017.

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